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Story of God, the Story of Us, The: Getting Lost and Found in the Bible: Getting Lost and Found in the Bible Paperback – Nov 1 2010

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  • Paperback: 251 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books (Nov. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830836322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830836321
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Arpin-Ricci on Oct. 20 2012
Format: Paperback
Few resources will more creatively and engagingly draw readers into the heart of Scripture. This book's capacity to be compelling for a wide ranger of reader without sacrificing it's depth is a real gift. It is clearly a book that has been crafted with care and experience and many years. We have read it together as a community, utilized it in our discipleship course and would do so again on both counts.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Finding Ourselves in the Story. Oct. 12 2010
By Edensong - Published on
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Most of the bible studies I have experienced over the years have dealt with the bible verse by verse, sometimes even word by word, examining the text of the original language and its application. This approach can feel like examining a large canvas by using a microscope to view individual brush strokes. Sometimes we can get so caught up in the detail that we completely miss the whole picture. This can lead to us missing the point of the text.

This book helps us step back from the canvas and see the bigger picture, to see 'The Story of God' unfolding and find our place in that narrative.

Appropriately for a book about the Great Story, this book itself is in narrative form.

We begin sitting with the Captives in Babylon, hearing with them their oral history, how it led to their Captivity and the hope that it will not end there.

We then move forward in time to a gathering of believers where a newcomer enters and hears the continuation of the Story in the life of Jesus.

In the final movement our newcomer has become a believer and begins to relate the story of Revelation.

The book helped me see the through-narrative of the bible. It helped connect the many different 'stories' of scripture together and show their place in the great story. I found the first section in Babylon particularly helpful in this regard.

The bible is a big 'book of books', and 'The Story of God, the Story of Us' helped me see the full story and encouraged me to find my own unique place in it.

This is a book to be read, studied and lived.

My only criticism would be in the use of punctuation. The book frequently has characters quoting scripture in their speech. This leads to some interesting strings of double and single quotes at the end of some sentences. While it might be grammatically correct, I was distracted by some of the punctuation while reading. I found myself going back and analyzing certain passages to work out what quote went with what. This is a minor point however and was only an occasional distraction from getting 'lost and found' in the story.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding Nov. 3 2010
By A. Morgan - Published on
Format: Paperback
People, even long time Christians, can often find the Bible intimidating to tackle. It's remarkable how many first year seminarians have not actually read the Bible from cover to cover. Of course scripture is inexhaustible with regards to God's truth and it's ability to teach and feed us. But probably the chief reason why we should read the scriptures from cover to cover is to gain an `overview' of the biblical narrative - to understand THE grand narrative if you like.

Sean Gladding has produced a remarkable book. Extremely well written, innovative, creative and yet faithful to the theology and structure of scripture, The Story of God, The Story Of Us reads like a novel, and yet it provides the reader with one of the very best `overviews' of the story of God that I have ever read. The beauty of this book is that it is both at the same time entertaining and a potentially valuable teaching tool.

Regardless of whether you have a P'hD, or a degree in theology or no formal training in the Bible; whether you are a pastor or have been a Christian for a long time or you are just starting your journey of faith this book will be a refreshing, exciting, beneficial and enjoyable read.

Highly recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
a magnificent telling of a magnificent story April 26 2011
By Timothy E. Beck - Published on
Format: Paperback
the Story of God, the Story of Us is really a magnificent telling of a magnificent story. it's storytelling at its best. plain and simple. Sean Gladding has taken the meta-narrative found in the Scriptures and has written that story within the context and probability of how that story was once told, shared and remembered.
the imagery found in this book really is compelling. the Old Testament stories, the stories of God's chosen, the Israelites, their plight, their exodus, their worship and their wandering, told by an old man sitting 'round the campfire was a beautiful image. i connected with this old man reminding the people how and why God has been with them - even while in Exile. in my life, i've generally been drawn to the New Testament stories of Jesus and the church. Gladding helped me connect the dots of the Old Testament. for that, i am grateful.

the NT stories of Jesus are just as compelling. Gladding is a great storyteller. while reading, it was easy to insert myself into the story.

even though it took me months to read, this book was easy on the eyes. i took my time with it... casually reading here and there. every time i picked it up, i was drawn in.

if you want a new, fresh perspective of the story of the Bible - read this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Must Read March 11 2011
By DM - Published on
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Very well written book. It's a very interesting look on the story of God from a narrative point of view. I found this book to be very refreshing. I really like the way it tied everything together so that the reader can see the "big picture". I'd recommend this book to readers of every level of the faith.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Bible, it turns out, really is a Story April 7 2011
By M. Pope - Published on
Format: Paperback
I was first introduced to the idea of the Bible as a story -- or, rather, The Story -- ten or twelve years ago, though, looking back on it now, the foundation for my appreciation of this way of reading and studying the Bible was probably laid years earlier by C. S. Lewis in an essay entitled "The World's Last Night" (e.g., "We do not know the play. We do not know even whether we are in Act I or Act V. We do not know who are the major and who the minor characters. The Author knows....") and in the Narnia Chronicles, particularly "The Last Battle" (e.g., "But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page....").

Sean Gladding tells the story of the Bible as a story -- or, rather, The Story of God at work in rescuing and renewing his creation, including men and women. The "Old Testament" section is imaginatively told by an old man to Jewish exiles in Babylon; the "New Testament" part of the Story is told by a first century woman in whose home an ekklesia (fellowship) meets, and by a man, some years later, who had first heard the Story in the woman's house as a guest. Gladding "comments" on different parts of the Story through his narrators, and he acknowledges, in a postscript, that the commentary is his (and his wife, Rebecca's) understanding of the metanarrative. I appreciated very much the fact that his characters, including the narrators of the Story, do not have all the anwers to every question that is asked; that supports his humble admission, in the postscript, that his understanding of the Story "continues to deepen each time Rebecca and I walk through the Story with others." (p. 237)

Highly recommended both for those who may think they've "heard it all before" -- as well as for those with little or no background in the Bible.